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‘Life must be amazing for him, he’s profiting from our difficulties’: Migrants criticize ‘migrant hotel king’ who raked in £3.5m of taxpayers’ cash DAILY by hoarding


Asylum seekers have hit out at a former caravan tycoon for raking in £3.5m of taxpayers’ money a day by putting them up in luxury hotels – leaving them to shoulder the blame for skyrocketing government accommodation bills.

A lucrative contract to house and transport new arrivals has catapulted Graham King – dubbed the ‘Migrant Hotel King’ – into the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated fortune of £750m.

His company, Clearsprings Ready Homes, has the exclusive right to house asylum seekers in southern England and Wales – many of whom are housed in luxury hotels in central London.

However, the residents urged him to share his wealth with them instead of «profiting from our troubles».

Fatima, who has been staying at the hotel for three months with her husband and is originally from Afghanistan, said: “We don’t know much about the man, but we asylum seekers were nice to him. I hope he will have a big enough heart to share some of his money with us.”

A lucrative contract to house and transport new arrivals catapulted Graham King (pictured) – dubbed the ‘Migrant Hotel King’ – into the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated fortune of £750m.

Fatima, who has been staying at the hotel for three months with her husband and is from Afghanistan, said:

Fatima, who has been staying at the hotel for three months with her husband and is from Afghanistan, said: «We don’t know much about this man, but we asylum seekers have been good to him» (picture).

The Westpoint Hotel in Paddington is owned by migrant kingpin Graham King and is used to house asylum seekers in the UK.

The Westpoint Hotel in Paddington is owned by migrant kingpin Graham King and is used to house asylum seekers in the UK.

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The businessman is a former motorhome and disco mogul.  Earned £25m in 2021 from Home Office contract to house asylum seekers in southern England and Wales

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Migrants are pictured arriving at Dover after being brought ashore by British officials.  Mr. King helps house the many arrivals

Migrants are pictured arriving at Dover after being brought ashore by British officials. Mr. King helps house the many arrivals

Mauji, an asylum seeker from Iran who is staying at Clearsprings, near London’s Paddington station, told MailOnline: ‘Life is very hard for us but it must be wonderful for Mr King. They are profiting from our troubles and I am shocked that one man is making so much money from the asylum system.

«We get all the blame, but he gets all the money.» I didn’t know the asylum system in this country cost so much, it’s unbelievable.”

Mauji, who did not want to give his surname, revealed that he has been staying in a hotel with his wife and child in a «small» room for the past six months.

He added: “It’s very cramped, the conditions are not great and we barely have space in our room. But what can we do, we had no choice but to leave Iran?’

Ali, who is from Sudan and arrived in the UK on a small boat two months ago, said: “I’m a single man so it’s not too bad for me. The hotel is actually quite nice and I’m happy here because it’s right in the middle of London so there’s a lot to do.

“If Mr. King is making that much money, I wish him the best of luck. I hope to be a rich man like him one day. Maybe he could give me a job?’

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His friend Mohamed, who was also from Sudan and crossed the canal in a small boat, added: “I can’t even begin to think about £750m because I survive on less than £50 a week.

«A lot of people don’t like us asylum seekers and I know it’s a big political issue. But I bet Mr. King did because he made a lot of money from us.



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